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This weekend, the the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is focusing (literally!) on the heritage portion on their mission. The famed local NPO is hosting RETROPERSPECTIVE, a documentary film festival dedicated to works that turn the lens on NOLA’s unique culture.

Celluloid Savoir

Ella Brennan has been a legend in culinary circles for decades, but now a filmmaker is bringing the dining diva’s story to the silver screen. A two minute trailer for Leslie Iwerk’s  documentary “Ella Brennan” featuring a gaggle of restaurant industry bold faced names was just released.

Green Lights, Not White Flags

Last week, “GLEASON,” a documentary about the local hero premiered to universal acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for industry insiders. Now, a much larger audience will be able to watch the movie. Amazon inked a deal to pick up “GLEASON” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

No White Flags at Sundance

Since 2011 when Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, his battle with the disease has alternatively moved New Orleanians to tears and inspired us to greatness. Now, the rest of the world is learning Gleason’s story. “GLEASON,” a documentary about the local hero is dominating the Sundance Film Festival the same way that the former Saint dominated Atlanta on that fateful day in 2006.


Perlmutt Talks Havana Motor Club

Gentlemen, start your  engines! Havana Motor Club is a film by Director Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt that is showing at the New Orleans Film Festival as part of their Cine Cubano program. The film follows around car enthusiasts in Havana as they prepare for the first auto race since the change of power in 1959. 

The Doc Is In

True Orleans Film Fest Celebrates Non-Fiction

Are tired of the typical summer fare of paperback novels? This weekend, Shotgun Cinema’s True Orleans Film Festival will brush aside fiction in favor of three days of documentaries at UNO’s Nims Theatre. The event will feature five features, four panels, and lots of shorts. 

Event to Mark Three Years Since Sinkhole Devastated Bayou Corne

By Lucy Leonard

On August 3, 2012, the lives of the people living on Bayou Corne changed forever. Deep beneath the feet of the city’s citizens, an underground salt dome cavern, owned by Texas Brine Company, collapsed. The event caused the creation of a dangerous sinkhole, which released oil and gases and sucked sediment, trees and more downward. As the now nearly empty community approaches the three-year anniversary of the disaster, documentary filmmaker and New Orleans resident Victoria Greene is hoping to bring the community back together for closure.

Today in NOLA: 6.22.15

This Monday, a serious documentary screens at the Prytania and live music plays on all sides of town. Happy 47th birthday to Lumar LeBlanc, snare drummer and founding member of the Soul Rebels. Details for tonight:

NOFF: Revisiting the Death of Louisiana’s Kingfish in 61 Bullets

“It’s an inherited story,” says Producer Yvonne Boudreaux about the documentary film 61 Bullets. “My great uncle, Dr. Carl Weiss, supposedly, allegedly assassinated Huey P. Long, the Governor and Senator of Louisiana in 1935.”

NOFF: The Last Kamikazes of Metal

By Jason Raymond

Last year filmmakers Biliana and Marina Grozdanova worked as volunteers with the New Orleans Film Festival. This year, the duo returned to NOFF to screen their latest music documentary. The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal follows the story of the Chicago band Hessler. 


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